Breaking news out of the sports world tonight with the Carolina Panthers announcing that the team’s 81-year-old owner, Jerry Richardson, is under investigation over “allegations of workplace misconduct”:
JUST IN: Carolina Panthers say internal investigation begun into "allegations of workplace misconduct" against team owner Jerry Richardson; investigation being led by an outside law firm, and overseen by limited team owner and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) December 15, 2017
No comment from NFL:
NFL spokesman says the league will have no comment at this time on the Jerry Richardson investigation.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 15, 2017
Are the “floodgates” about to open?
3 thoughts on Jerry Richardson case
1) Know nothing. Can only imagine.
2) Two years ago at owner’s meeting, observed someone helping/escorting him to use the bathroom. Think it had to do w/health issues.
3) Will this open floodgates in other NFL franchises?
— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) December 15, 2017
Richardson has battled health issues over the years. From the Charlotte Observer:
Richardson has survived a series of serious health-related issues in the past 15 years. He overcame prostate cancer and also underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2002.
Richardson had a pacemaker/defibrillator inserted in his heart in 2008, and doctors told him then he would eventually need a heart transplant.
Two months after going on the donor waiting list, Richardson, then 72, received his heart transplant in 2009 during a five-hour procedure at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The donor has never been identified.
Statement from the team:
BREAKING: Carolina Panthers announce internal investigation into allegations of work place misconduct against team's owner/founder Jerry Richardson. pic.twitter.com/o6QX3DVDdF
— Matt Harris (@MHarrisWSOC9) December 15, 2017
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